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State to pay for re-painting of Route 83 bridge in Lemont

LEMONT – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has approved a nearly $1 million capital investment for bridge painting on the structure carrying Illinois Route 83 (Kingery Highway) over the S&S and I&M canals.

The painting will be done by ERA Valdivia Contractors, Inc., of Chicago. According to an Illinois Department of Transportation spokesperson, a pre-construction meeting has not yet been held to determine the start date of the project.

The project is part of a $37 million investment in Cook County construction through Quinn's "Illinois Jobs Now!" program.

Lemont Village Administrator Ben Wehmeier said the $982,000 project should help with the long-term maintenance of the bridge by protecting it against weather erosion.

Wehmeier said the village has also discussed with IDOT about making repairs to the Lemont Road bridge. The concrete road on the north end has potholes that need to be repaired. The village has been filling the pot holes as a short-term solution, he said.

K-Five Construction Corporation, a third-generation family business in Lemont, is being paid more than $3.8 million to do several of the construction projects in Cook County, including a five-mile resurfacing project in Bridgeview for more than $3 million.

Vice President Jennifer Krug McNaughton said the company bid aggressively for the Bridgeview project and the state investments are a good pay day for the company.

"We really enjoy putting people and families to work here," she said. "And you also give great returns to the motorist."

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